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Press Releases

  • Trauma surgeon urges motorcyclists and drivers to take extra care this summer

    09 Aug 2018 A leading trauma surgeon has spoken of the devastating injuries he has seen while treating patients who have been involved in motorbike accidents, as new figures show there were more than 10,000 admissions to hospital for motorcycle rider injuries in England, in 2016-2017.
  • Statement on St George's Cardiac Surgery unit following today's The Times front page

    04 Aug 2018
  • Tongue splitting risks significant blood loss and nerve damage, warn surgeons

    03 Aug 2018 Cosmetic body modification enthusiasts are being warned that they are at serious risk of haemorrhage, infection and nerve damage by undergoing tongue splitting1, an extreme procedure where the tongue is cut in half to create a distinctive “forked” effect. Dental and plastic surgeons have issued new advice for anyone who is considering, or already has, a tongue split or oral piercing. The surgeons also say it is better if people do not to have these procedures at all.
  • New training scheme for surgeons of the future gets underway

    01 Aug 2018 The first cohort of surgical trainees to take part in the Improving Surgical Training (IST) pilot will take up their posts today (1 August 2018). The pilot training programme, developed by the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) and Health Education England (HEE), will trial innovative improvements in the quality of training, a better balance between service and training for trainees, and professionalisation of the role of surgical trainers.
  • Former RCS President named as new GMC Chair

    30 Jul 2018 Dame Clare Marx, Past President of the Royal College of Surgeons, has been named as the new Chair of the General Medical Council (GMC). She will succeed Professor Sir Terence Stephenson who will finish his fixed-term post later this year.
  • RCS responds to sharp rise in requests for knee and hip surgery being turned down

    19 Jul 2018 The BMJ has found an increasing number of patients seeking knee or hip surgery are finding they can’t have their operation on the NHS. Nearly 1,700 requests were rejected last year, a 45% increase from 2016-17.
  • Thousands of groin hernia patients left in pain and at risk of complications by NHS, warn surgeons

    17 Jul 2018 Thousands of predominately-male patients are being made to suffer in pain and, in rare cases, are at risk of death due to the NHS restricting access to groin (inguinal) hernia operations. In a report published today , the Royal College of Surgeons and the British Hernia Society have found that 57% of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are denying patients quick access to the procedure. This is despite the fact that the only curative treatment for patients with a groin hernia is surgery.
  • NHS fax machines still gleaming: RCS finds over 8,000 owned by hospitals

    12 Jul 2018 The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has revealed that NHS hospital trusts own over 8,000 fax machines. Richard Kerr, chair of the Royal College of Surgeons’ Commission on the Future of Surgery, has criticised the health service’s reliance on a technology that was in popular use about the last time England were in a World Cup semi-final.
  • RCS responds to extra £15 million for critical care services in Wales

    12 Jul 2018 Critical care services in Wales are to receive a new annual £15 million fund, the Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething, has announced today (12 July). The Royal College of Surgeons welcomes the announcement and hope the Welsh Government will now move at pace, so that patients quickly feel the benefit of the extra funding.
  • More than 200,000 NHS patients now waiting over 6 months for treatment

    12 Jul 2018 The number of patients waiting longer than 6 months to start planned NHS hospital treatment has now officially exceeded 200,000. NHS England ‘referral to treatment’ (RTT) statistics for May 2018 published today show that 211,324 patients waited more than 6 months to start planned treatment. The number of patients waiting more than 6 months for treatment is 48.4% higher than the same time last year.

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